Giving a deposition can be a confusing and nerve-wracking time. Many mistakes are common sense and easily avoidable. Below are a few tips to keep in mind in order to help you prepare for and give a great deposition.
First and Foremost, Tell the Truth
It is understandable to be nervous and get a little flustered at first but you do not want to try to pass off a mistake and perjure yourself.
If you do find that you made a mistake or think you need to add more specific information, inform your lawyer immediately so the information can be corrected and you will not be penalized.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a question to be rephrased. You want to understand exactly what is being asked in order to provide a correct answer. Read over and understand any documents you are using and be as accurate as possible, do not guess. If you do not know the answer that’s okay.
The opposing side might try to put words in your mouth, especially if you express you are unsure of a specific. You do not have to accept what they are saying or let them supplement anything you didn’t know with their own information.
Do Not Volunteer Information
Answer every question specifically and directly, then stop talking. The same goes for explanations, do not try to justify your answers.